Did you know that rainfall, no matter how light, can significantly influence your chances of being in a fatal accident? According to reports from the American Meteorological Society, which studied over 125,000 fatal car crashes in the 48 continguous states, they found that wet roads (no matter from rain, sleet, snow, or hail) increased the risk of a fatal accident by about 34% across the country. Even when the rain was light, the risk increased by over 25%. The study utilitized advanced data techniques, including targeted use of high-resolution radars, that had not been used in such a large-scale study before. For Pennsylvania in particular, a fatal crash appears to be almost 13% more likely to occur during any form of precipitation as opposed to when the roads are dry.
In case you ever needed another reason to make sure that your children are properly secure in their carseats, look no further than this article. A PA mother posted a picture on social media that showed the wreckage of her car after an accident next to a picture of her children's intact car seats. To take a look at the picture and read more about the article, please click here.
Although this may be an older article, it is incredibly worthwhile to read! Several years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on a safety initiative run by the state police to assess child safety seats. A voluntary inspection occurred at sites throughout the state for a two-week period. Over 75% of the 319 seats checked were not installed correctly. Of course, this is a huge cause for concern! The state police listed the most common problems as a failure to position the seat in the right direction and not properly adjusting the safety harnesses or harnessing the seat in the right manner. If you are concerned that your child's car seat is not installed correctly, you can call your local police department to see if they'd be able to do a safety check for you.
If you've ever been in an accident, such as a car or bicycle accident, you know how painful and persistent those injuries can be. However, if you also happened to have injured your spine, the lasting damages can be even more severe. What are some of the expenses that occur after you've injured your spine? Take a look below.
Are you safe when you are traveling with your kids in the car? Recent data suggests that hundreds of children die in car accidents every year, and hundreds of thousands more are injured. With these statistics, it's no wonder that parents are asking how to keep their children safe as they travel. The good news is there are several things you can do to keep your littlest passengers safe on our state's roads.
Well, Pennsylvanians, "construction season" is unofficially here. Need some tips as to how to keep your sanity and keep yourself/others safe on the road? Check out these tips below, courtesy of DrivingAmbitionInc.com.
Cell phone use while driving is irresponsible, reckless, and a threat to the safety of the driver, their passengers, and other vehicles on the road. Most drivers recognize these facts, however, many still choose to ignore safety laws and continue to text and talk on their cell phone while on the road. Drivers of cars are not the only people who are guilty of not obeying the safety laws; semi-truck drivers have also been caught using their cell phones while driving. As startling as this phenomenon seems, it is not uncommon on the highways. As a result of this and in response to a semi-truck accident that was supposedly caused by a truck driver on his cell phone, the National Transportation Safety Board has recommended banning the use of cell phones for truckers nationwide (except for emergency purposes). The accident, cited by the NTSB as a possible reason for cell phone bans for truckers, involved a truck driver who was talking on his phone while driving and caused an accident that killed 11 people. Directly before the accident, the driver made a call and crossed a median on an interstate, crashing into a van carrying twelve people that were coming home from a wedding.
- Check your TIRES - You should always check to make sure your tires are fully inflated to manufacturer's specifications. Usually this information is on the inside the driver's side door.
- Check your BRAKES - A mechanic should be able to do an evaluation of the brake pads and braking system to ensure that they are working properly.
- Check your FLUID LEVELS - You should always check your oil, windshield washer fluid, and transmission fluid. However, you should also be aware of your coolant levels.
- Check your BATTERY - A battery that is not working properly may result in you being stranded this winter.
- Check your WINDSHIELD WIPERS - If your windshield wipers are not properly clearing the windshield you may have an obstructed view of what's ahead.
- Put together an EMERGENCY KIT containing a cell phone, a heavy blanket, gloves, salt/sand, a flashlight, water and non-perishable food.
Several years ago, State Farm has released its annual deer-related collision report, and Pennsylvania was again listed as the fifth most likely state for a deer collision. Pennsylvania drivers have a roughly 1 in 77 chance of hitting a deer this year. Even though the odds seem good, State Farm has reported that the odds of colliding with a deer are actually down by 4.3 percent. The reason for the decline is simple. There are more registered drivers on the road.
State Farm compiled these numbers by look at the total number of deer collisions between July 1, 2012 and June 30, 2013, and found that 1.22 million deer-related collisions occurred during that period, which they say is down by 3.5 percent compared to the previous year. State Farm also reports that November is the most likely month for an incident to occur, followed by October and December.
State Farm has reported that the "Top 5 Most Likely States for Deer Collisions" are as follows: 1) West Virginia; 2) Montana; 3) Iowa; 4) South Dakota; and 5) Pennsylvania.
Did you commit a driving/traffic violation in another state? If so, don't think you are safe because you carry a Pennsylvania license and don't reside in that state. In case you were unaware, Pennsylvania participates in something known as the Driver License Compact (DLC). The DLC is an organization made up of 46 out of our 50 states who work together to create a single system for driving records, driver license (so you can only hold a license in one state), and report all traffic convictions/license suspensions/license revocations so other states are aware of a driver's license status.